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October, 2016

  • 19 October

    How to Find Good, Local Food in Istanbul

    Food in Istanbul

    My first day in Istanbul was spent trying to find a restaurant that wasn’t completely for tourists. It turned out to be a lot harder to find good food in Istanbul than I expected. Things became more complicated when I asked locals where they would eat out at. The main answers I got were McDonalds and Burger King, since they were …

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  • 17 October

    It Really is a Small World After All

    Coffee Buddies in a Thai Village

    I’m constantly amazed at what a small world this is. When I was a teacher in Los Angeles, it seemed like I could never go anywhere without running into one of my students. Now as I travel the world, I run into people I know in the most unusual places. The most common occurrences are simply finding travelers who are …

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  • 8 October

    What it’s Like to be a Part of Trusted House Sitters

    Dundee Trusted House Sitters View

    At the beginning of July, I signed up for Trusted House Sitters. I’ve already had two assignments, both of which were far better than I had hoped. That’s an understatement, since I went to them with high expectations. Trusted House Sitters is a website you can join in order to house sit for people who have animals they plan to leave …

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  • 6 October

    Exploring the Mountain Village of Tignes in the French Alps


    For a week, I had a wonderful opportunity to explore the enchanting village of Tignes with fellow blogger Cecile from Nomadic Hippie 2.0. Tignes is located just 8 km away from the Italian border, at an elevation of 2100m. It’s a world-class ski resort which hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics freestyle skiing, and has hosted the European Winter X Games in …

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  • 5 October

    Why I Prefer Couchsurfing Over Hostels When I Travel

    Couchsurfing Event

    I’m a budget traveler. Therefore, I’m always looking for the cheapest way to travel. Couchsurfing is definitely the cheapest lodging you can get, but it’s actually not the primary reason why I personally use the website. Each type of lodging doesn’t just cater to a different clientele. They also provide different experiences. In a hotel, you’re usually getting pampered. Airbnb provides a …

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  • 2 October

    A Tale of Illegally Feeding Pigeons in Edinburgh in 1968

    Edinburgh Royal Mile with Pigeons

    While I explore the Alpine village of Tignes, my dad is back in Edinburgh, exploring his old haunt. He’s been working on regaining his British dialect, setting up his accounts and benefits…and reminiscing about pigeons. Here’s the email I received from him this morning. I’m posting it here for your enjoyment exactly as it was written (but typos fixed). His …

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  • 1 October

    How I Quit My Life to Travel the World

    Bio Prologue

    I couldn’t stop smiling. Life was exciting, adventurous and fulfilling. That’s how I felt for most of my life. I had a job I loved, great friends and a strong purpose. What more could I want? I wanted to travel. Unfortunately my job kept me working more than 12 hours a day on average, seven days a week. There were …

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September, 2016

  • 29 September

    My Hitchhiking Adventure Through Rural France

    Tignes View after Hitchhiking

    This week I had a mini adventure in France. Another travel blogger invited me to stay at their incredible pad high in the French Alps. Even with my dad’s arrival in the UK, and my need to find a supplemental job, I could hardly say no. Unfortunately, on my tight budget I had to cut some corners, and one of those was …

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  • 25 September

    My Dad, at 77, Has Pack His Bags to Travel In My Footsteps!

    Dad and I

    It happened! My dad’s journey has begun! After following my blog for two years, my dad has packed his bags and permanently left the US to travel the world, with a home base with me in Edinburgh! There’s quite a story behind this, but here’s the summary. When I originally left my work in December 2014 and chose to have a …

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  • 24 September

    How I Surprised My Dad with the Greatest Christmas Present Ever

    Dad and I at Mt. Hood (Christmas Present)

    I have an amazing story that I never wrote about. It’s now very applicable with what happened this week. Last year, I sent my dad the best Christmas present ever, which catalyzed the amazing events which have occurred recently. In Autumn last year, I had been bouncing around SE Asia for a couple months. Aside from being the perfect place to live …

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  • 22 September

    Mayonnaise is Not a Liquid! And Most Fear is Irrational

    Giant Burger with Mayonnaise

    It’s well known that restrictions are very tight with what you can take on an airplane. Obviously, pointed objects or other weapons are a big no-no. Since 9/11, airports have also cracked down on liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols. I’ve been stopped more than once to remove something from my bag, and more than once I’ve disagreed with their judgment (like the …

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  • 15 September

    Do You Dare to Explore an the Abandoned Spreepark?

    Abandoned Spreepark, Photo Credit Daniel Heitz

    Believe it or not, Berlin is one of the most unique cities I’ve ever explored. Between memorials and relics from World War II, one hell of a street art culture, and abandoned airports, Olympic villages and Spreepark amusement park, the city never ceased to amaze me. Someday I’ll have to write a full blog post about my week there, but …

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  • 13 September

    My Five Weeks in Sjuntorp Could Have Been Better

    Selfie on Hike in Sjuntorp

    My Workaway on a farm in Sweden, just outside the unheard-of village of Sjuntorp, was quite an interesting experience. Long hours, wonderful scenery and a very eccentric family. I’m not going to pull any punches on this one. While the experience overall wasn’t that bad, and certainly beautiful, there were a few things that rubbed the wrong way. As a travel blogger …

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  • 11 September

    The Search for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

    I’m not a big coffee drinker. By that, I mean I don’t have to drink a cup every day when I wake up. However, I do like coffee, and I’m always on the lookout for that perfect cup. As a travel blogger, I tend to spend quite a bit of time in cafes. If I had the choice, I’d probably pick …

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  • 9 September

    Guinness, Game of Thrones and Giants Come Together in Ireland

    Shamrocker Adventures Giant's Rocker Tour

    Usually I advocate exploring a country with an open itinerary. Haggis Adventures and Shamrocker Tours have shown me that this isn’t always best. When you get to a country like Ireland, which has so much to see, it would take you weeks a guide or lots of planning. You’d probably miss a lot, not to mention all the insider data, if …

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